The first step in preventing panic attacks occurring in the future is to make a commitment to take control of your life. This will make you feel much stronger and resilient in dealing with the challenges of life.
- Practise affirmations which are positive statements you can use throughout the day to maintain a positive frame of mind. I feel good. I am strong and positive. I have the power to make myself better, I am calm and in control.
- Become more assertive. Say No to things that have a negative effect on you.
- Don’t be a doormat.
- Depending on coping strategies will not cure. Knowing yourself and your body will.
- Plan a positive prevention strategy which will help you e.g find an assertiveness training course. Pace yourself and take breaks when you need them.
- Make sure you eat regularly and avoid sweet and sugary foods. These types of foods will affect your blood sugar level and can leave you weak and on edge which can lead to panic attacks
- Take responsibility for your own needs. Make sure you have a balance between work and personal life. Your needs and the needs of others. Sometimes you need to put yourself first otherwise you can easily become overloaded. Being overloaded can make you more prone to having panic attacks.
- Work out what you would like to change in your life. Ask friends for help or seek professional help from a hypnotherapist or counsellor.
- Be kind to yourself and be your own best friend.